*** Originally posted May 2016 *** Sponsored by: Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) Photos By: Sandra Hill This Friday in the down pour of rain that didn’t let up the entire day, in honor of Mother’s Day, the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) held a powerful rally and press conference calling on the state of Pennsylvania to make compassion, redemption, and healing in our communities possible by recognizing the US Supreme Court mandate to provide fair and meaningful re-sentencing to the more than 500 children sentenced to die in prison here in PA. The rally shed light on this inhumane policy, and demanded immediate steps be taken to reunify our families and heal our communities. As CADBI member Patricia Vickers, whose son is serving a life sentence he received when he was 17, observed: “Pennsylvania sentences more young people to die in prison than any other state in the country,” said “We are holding this action the Friday before Mother’s Day to highlight how these sentences tear families apart. No mother should have to endure their child living an entire life behind bars.” Now, on Mother’s Day, we hope that you will take a moment to watch this short video of the event and to share it with others. In the words of Kempis “Ghani” Songster, who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he committed when he was 15: “Only when all of us, our whole community ­­ families and friends of victims, families and friends of the condemned, and those who are themselves condemned ­­ take responsibility for solving our community’s problems will the healing begin.” You can also see photos of the rally here, and check out news coverage in the Metro, Newsworks, and Billy Penn. Huge thanks to everyone who helped make this rally happen. And to all the incarcerated mothers who have raised children from behind bars, to all the mothers who have stood by their children serving death by incarceration sentences, to all mothers and all people on both sides of the prison walls who have never given up the fight for freedom, justice and compassion, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something! Mother’s Day Rally To Restore Families and Communities and Bring our Loved Ones Home Friday, May 6, 2016 12-2 p.m. City Hall (Broad & JFK), Philadelphia, Pa BE THERE!


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 8:00 AM

Join CADBI is fighting for parole for LIFERS. Be a part of the Harrisburg Rally this October: 'DAY OF ACTION TO END DEATH BY INCARCERATION & HEAL COMMUNITIES'. Buses are Fee! Simply register at: bit.ly/CADBIAction. For more info call 267-606-0324.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 8:00 AM

JOIN HRC OCTOBER 23 for CADBI's annual day of action in Harrisburg! Come deliver a message directly to our legislators and the governor that we need policies that heal our communities rather than condemning our loved ones to die in cages. Free buses from Philly! Register for the action here: http://bit.ly/cadbiaction Donate to help us get there! https://www.gofundme.com/f/CADBI-action-2019/ Invite your friends on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266068870370352/ See you in Harrisburg!